Retirement Blog

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:30 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s more about Medicare Open Enrollment, which starts Saturday, Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7 — earlier than it has in previous years. Figuring out how to manage health care costs is a key part of retirement planning. Here are some of the things the Medicare Rights Center advises that you do: Read your Annual

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 3:16 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Picking the right Medicare plan is retirement planning 101. Choosing wisely can save you a bundle. Medicare open enrollment starts Saturday, Oct. 15, and runs through Dec. 7. Compared to previous years, open enrollment both starts and ends early. I don’t know about you, but our mailbox has been filled daily for the last couple

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Sunday, October 9, 2011 9:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I wrote about required minimum distributions, or RMDs, on Thursday — something that many people consider an annoying — and possibly unfair — part of retirement planning. Here’s another way to look at them. At 70½, the IRS requires that you start taking annual distributions from your tax-advantaged retirement savings or face a 50 percent

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Friday, October 7, 2011 2:39 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

The Occupy Wall Street movement is a barometer of widespread dissatisfaction with our country’s value system, in which the well-to-do get a bigger share of the proverbial pie at the expense of the proletariat. The dour mood extends to Americans’ retirement planning outlook. In a survey released yesterday by Americans for Secure Retirement, half of

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Thursday, October 6, 2011 4:11 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Here’s more evidence that the retirement planning industry is figuring out that lots of us who are living on retirement savings — or contemplating it — need help. If you have IRA accounts and are over age 70½, then you’ve had to deal with the required minimum distribution, or RMD, rules and know how complicated they

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011 8:28 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A study of the 1.8 million Medicare beneficiaries who died in 2008 showed that 20 percent had in-patient surgery in the last month of life and 10 percent had such surgery in the last week of their lives. Further analysis of these numbers by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health showed that nearly

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Tuesday, October 4, 2011 4:34 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I’ve been wearing my reporter hat today, covering Ford Motor Co. and its labor agreement with the United Auto Workers, which was reached in the wee hours this morning. For those of us who live in the Greater Detroit area, this second of three contract agreements — General Motors Co. was first and Chrysler has yet

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Monday, October 3, 2011 4:16 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

My accountant husband has been staring at our 2011 income and grumbling over this aspect of retirement planning. He points out that any couple with taxable income of more than $69,000 in 2011 will pay 25 percent in taxes on the portion of the income that is above that income. Anything below it is taxed

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Sunday, October 2, 2011 9:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

A study that compared defined benefit retirement plans — old-fashioned pensions — with defined contribution plans — 401(k)s and 403(b)s — in the public sector, concluded that not only do most participants prefer defined benefit plans, but also, they are more efficient and may in the end cost taxpayers less. The study by actuarial firm

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Friday, September 30, 2011 2:45 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

A year and a half after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted, health insurance remains elusive to many people because of its unaffordability. And the perceptions of health care in America haven’t improved either. Most people rate the health care system as poor (27 percent) or fair (29 percent), according to the

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